Boomkat Product Review:
Manchester/London label ANA mark a year of moody operations with a sullen group portrait spanning shady takes of dub techno, domestic electronic abstraction and dread steppers.
Delivering “wist and wrath in equal measure”, the 9 nine tracks stake out bleak and rugged ground somewhere between the catalogues of UVB-76 Music, Horo and 5 Gate Temple, introducing a ruck of new artists to the fray in the process.
We’re particularly taken with Kesa Getame’s ruffneck D&B blow ‘Untitled’, which seemingly comes on like a late ‘90s/early ‘00s amen choppage from Digital or Paradox after its supremely dank intro. The murky dreadnaught momentum of Gamba’s ‘Red Mud’ also gets it right, hitting a mark close to John T. Gast’s recent dubs, as does Kaval Yahudah’s ‘Soyguncu’, while Beyaz takes it gloomier with the cold, echoic techno rolige of ‘Femur (version)’, and there’s much darker, heavily atmospheric moves ranging from Aussterben’s very Belgian-sounding post-punk play ‘Daem’, and the cranky wobble of Heavy Teeth’s ‘The Pull of The Centre’.